The Dynamic Duo: Ms. Kim and Scooby

The Dynamic Duo: Ms. Kim and Scooby

Bela Dona

Tue Jul 3

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$25.00 - $40.00

• DRESS CODE: ALL WHITE ATTIRE - will be enforced!
• Full dinner and drink menu available
• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service.

The Dynamic Duo: Ms. Kim and Scooby
The Dynamic Duo: Ms. Kim and Scooby
Scooby: ...Introducing FRANK SIRIUS (aka "Scooby")

Sure you are familiar with him – one of the lead singers for the famed trend-setting Go-Go band Lissen, penned the "godson of Go-Go", and the motivating factor of many of Lissen's sellout performances all over the east cost. His soulful, heart pounding melodies and his smooth vocal styles can not be denied. This amazing entertainer is soon to be re-discovered as he embarks on a break-out solo career. He has emerged from the lead of an award winning band to become the next hottest solo artist to mount out of the DC metropolitan area. With his new solo album coming soon, fans are anxious and curious to hear what masterpieces he will create on his own. A combination of sounds from musical geniuses such as Donnie Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, and George Benson, he is undoubtedly the next musical superstar, crossing over R&B/Soul, Pop, and HipHop genres, and giving life to the forgotten acoustic sound. "The brightest star in the night sky overflowing with intrinsic luminosity" – we introduce, FRANK SIRIUS.

Ms. Kim: The First Lady of GoGo, Kimberly “Ms Kim” Graham is definitely a trend setter for female GoGo artists.
“Ms Kim” began gracing the world with her melodic voice since the tender age of 11. Born and raised in the DMV, she grew up with the influences of Gospel, R&B, and DC’s own genre GoGo. In 1995 she made her way onto the GoGo scene with the infamous Wickedest Band Alive, Rare Essence. “Ms Kim” performed with Rare Essence for years where she made her footprint in GoGo. During her run with RE she set the bar a new high for women in GoGo when she recorded Ashlee Simpson’s “Pieces of Me”. She later went on to perform with Backyard Band and ventured out to start her own band, The Kim Michelle Experience in which she gives you R&B, Neo-Soul then rounds it out with GoGo.

Over the years “Ms Kim” has performed with national recording artists, Ludacris, Angie Stone, Paula Campbell, Doug E Fresh, Wale, Biz Markie and many more. She also performed with the legendary Chuck Brown for over two years, and currently sits in with the Tribute Band as well. Additionally, she sang background for national recording artist Raheem DeVaughn.

In 2006 the DMV held its very first GoGo Awards hosted by Radio One’s 93.9 WKYS where she won the “Leading Lady of GoGo” Award. In the 2010 GoGo Awards, she secured awards for the “Best Female Vocalist” and her own band, The Kim Michelle Experience “Upcoming Band of the Year”.

Her beautiful distinctive voice combined with the GoGo front line “talk” style is a force to be reckoned with. “Ms Kim” joined Familiar Faces in 2011 and brought a special chemistry to the group until early 2017.

Celebrating over 20 years in the business, she continues to wow her fans with her unique style and artistry. Now claiming her stake in the ranks of “GoGo Legends”, expect more greatness to come from “Ms Kim”.
Bela Dona
Bela Dona
Washington D.C. is the birthplace of this exciting and diverse all-female band, founded in September 2007, managed by John Agurs. The high-energy concert style presentation and dynamic musicianship exuded on stage are incomparable. Their unique style of Funk, Jazz, R&B and Rock commands audiences and the meshing of the raw talents possessed by these seasoned musicians captivates all who see them perform. Individually, the breadth of experience of each band member ranges from formal training in jazz, classical, opera, gospel, and R&B, to touring and performing with artists such as Nile Rodgers, Regina Belle, Pieces of a Dream, Chaka Khan, Chuck Brown, High Five, Sugar Bear & EU, Salt & Pepa, Stephanie Mills, Michael Bolton, Elton John and many others. Collectively, Be’la Dona has had the pleasure of performing with Erykah Badu, Vivian Green, Avery Sunshine, KeKe Wyatt, Algebra Blessett, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Rah Digga, Lil Mama, Goapole, Marsha Ambrosious, Chico DeBarge, Chrisette Michele, Howard Hewett, Case, Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Tony Terry, Tanya Blount and Chuck Brown, as well as having the distinct honor of serving as the house band on the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise in 2014 and being deemed the official band for Beverly Bond’s, “Black Girls Rock Tour”, in 2011.

Be’la Dona has been twice nominated for DMV Awards and has been awarded “Best Up and Coming Band” by Go-Go Coalition in 2009, “Best Urban Contemporary Group” by Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) in 2010, “Best Go-Go Duo or Group” by WAMA in 2011, 2012 & 2014, and “Best Female Band/Duo Group” by Titan Awards in 2014. The “magic” of Be’la Dona Band rests in a combination of dynamic leadership from their Musical Director, Sweet Cherie, who has been awarded “Instrumentalist of the Year” six years consecutively by WAMA and the diversity exemplified in their talent, as well as personal lives. While the name Be’la Dona means “pretty lady”, these women are so much more. They are mothers, wives, civic leaders and activists, business women, educators, and mentors who take their responsibility to serve as role models to girls and women as seriously off the stage as they do while performing. Musicianship, showmanship, leadership, high-energy stage performances, beauty, and integrity, are the foundation of their drawing power. Be’la Dona captivates the crowd and propels the power of womanhood to the forefront.
Venue Information:
Union Stage
740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC, 20024